2016 FIM Endurance World Champion
Born 14 April 1989, Mont-de-Marsan, France
GOLDEN FINISH FOR MAHIAS
Lucas Mahias clinched the riders' title in the 2016 FIM Endurance World Championship in an unusual fashion thanks to a strange twist of fate that saw him switch teams after one round. The 27-year-old Frenchman started the season on a Suzuki with Team R2CL, helping them to fourth place at the Le Mans 24 Hours race. However, after GMT94 Yamaha parted company with Louis Rossi ahead of the second round in Portimão, they moved to re-sign their former rider to join forces with Niccolò Canepa and David Checa.
Whilst the factory-backed Yamaha effort ultimately missed out on the Teams' world title by a single point to SERT in that thrilling final round at the Oschersleben 8 Hours, there was a golden lining to the cloud as Mahias claimed the individual honours; that fourth place finish for Team R2CL at Le Mans, ahead of SERT in fifth and his future teammates, who failed to finish, providing him with the extra points that made the difference.
Mahias' colourful career, which includes a handful of starts in Moto2, an appearance on a World Superbike at Assen in 2016 and a podium at his home World Supersport round of Magny-Cours in 2015, has now also secured him an FIM gold medal!
World title - 2016